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    kibitz

    What does "kibitz" mean?

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    Re: kibitz

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    What does "kibitz" mean?
    Have you looked it up in a dictionary? Have a look at this: Online Etymology Dictionary

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    Re: kibitz

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Have you looked it up in a dictionary? Have a look at this: Online Etymology Dictionary
    I did. It wasn't there. Is it frequently used?

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    Re: kibitz

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    I did. It wasn't there. Is it frequently used?
    It's Yiddish in origin. I have never heard it, it might be more common in AmE.

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    Re: kibitz

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    Generally, it means to tell someone else how to do something. For example, if I see you playing cards, I would start telling you how to play the game. To kibitz means to intrude - to offer advice when it is not wanted or asked for.
    Could you give me a context which you might use it in?
    Last edited by ostap77; 11-Oct-2010 at 01:15.

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    #6

    Re: kibitz

    I don't have the same definition as Gil. It just means to talk about the game while the game is going on.

    If you have four people playing bridge and one person pulls up a chair to watch, but makes comments about the game, he is kibitzing. "Oh, look, he threw the ace. Huh, don't you only do that if you... " "Oh, geez, he must have a lot of spades to make that play." etc.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: kibitz

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I don't have the same definition as Gil. It just means to talk about the game while the game is going on.

    If you have four people playing bridge and one person pulls up a chair to watch, but makes comments about the game, he is kibitzing. "Oh, look, he threw the ace. Huh, don't you only do that if you... " "Oh, geez, he must have a lot of spades to make that play." etc.
    Are there any prepositions you may use it with?

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    Re: kibitz

    While we do say "talk about," in my experience with the word, you don't say "he kibitzed about the game" or "he kibitzed on the play," but just "as he watched the game, he wouldn't stop kibitzing."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: kibitz

    I had no trouble finding it in the Online Etymology Dictionary.

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    #10

    Re: kibitz

    I just would like to add that the word "kibitz" is also widely used in chess. With the same meaning given by the posters above (both Gillnetter's and Barb_D's versions). I used to think of it as somewhat of an international "chess jargon" word.

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